Mark Burnett Productions takes over HGTV’s Design Star for season five

Survivor and Apprentice executive producer and creator Mark Burnett’s company will produce the fifth season of HGTV’s Design Star, which is now casting.

This is the second producer change a month for a 495 Productions-produced show. The company previously produced Design Star and also produced Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off’s first season, but was replaced by Magical Elves for the second season of its weight-loss dance competition.

HGTV executive Freddy James said in a press release that Mark Burnett Productions “is extremely creative and talented — masters at crafting entertaining reality programming. We expect that they will infuse HGTV Design Star with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season.”

In his press release quote, Burnett said, “We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and making HGTV Design Star even bigger, better, and more exciting than it has been in seasons past.”

While the show has been decent, it doesn’t quite have the life or energy that Food Network’s Next Food Network Star does. (The series made changes for its fourth season, but didn’t solve some of its biggest problems, like the lame editing of the judges’ deliberations.) Burnett-produced series may be somewhat hit or miss, especially on cable, but his team will only improve the show, I’m sure.

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